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Lynda Williams

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Born
in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
February 17, 1958

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The Okal Rel universe of author Lynda Williams is peopled by larger-than-life characters navigating cross-cultural dramas.

In 2021 the series is the basis of an experimental word-gaming gig inspired by Lynda's own writer's journey and interests.

Originally published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, the series was taken over by its author in 2014, through Reality Skimming Press (2014-2017).

Williams taught applied computing at the University of Northern B.C. for 15 years, where she headed the Center for Teaching and Learning, and ran a web development lab for producing online courses. Since 2012 she has been Learning Technology Analyst and Manager at the Teaching and Learning Centre of Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, B.C. Sh
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The Courtesan Prince (Okal ...

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Pretenders (Okal Rel Saga, #3)

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Righteous Anger (Okal Rel S...

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Far Arena (Okal Rel Saga, #5)

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Healer's Sword (Okal Rel Sa...

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How Many Stars?

I enjoy commenting on books as I read them. I dislike assigning a rating. Am I alone?
Noticed my average rating is an awkward 4.x and thought "oh oh, I must look like an easy marker". It's true I rarely award anything less than a 3. I wouldn't finish a book I felt that cranky about! And 5 ought to be something special. So most of my ratings are 4's with a slice of 3s and a light sprinkling of 5s.
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Flight Cycle #1: Hiding Low (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Amel ends his short career as a courtier when he steals his baby half-brother, Erien, from their sadistic mother, Ev'rel. Once he has left the baby in safe hands, he faces the problem of how to hide from Ev'rel. He dares not rely on friends because Ev'rel is the second most powerful Sevolite in the empire and she knows who his friends are. He must stay away, to protect them. So he takes flight. The empire is vast. There ought to be a way to hide in it. But Amel is not just anyone. Born to rule the empire, lost in infancy, raised as a commoner and rediscovered at the age of sixteen working as a courtesan, his story has made him famous. Worst of all, for a fugitive, is Amel's other-worldly beauty that gets him noticed even by people who have never seen his pictures —and his warm heart that cannot help but notice others. (Set in the Envoy Period, between Part 3: Pretenders and Part 4: Throne Price of the Okal Rel Saga published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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I read this book in my teens, when it was new, while attending a Physics enrichment program for high school students in Bellingham, WA, taught by Dr. Quigley. I never got into it as much as the other text, on special relativity, but it did change the ...more
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If the best defense against isolationist thinking by is to expose oneself to many points of view, then I recommend Steinmeyer's biography of Charles Fort to fellow rationalists.

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“May the gods ignore you.”
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“Nothing in life is fair except a witnessed duel.”
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“I hope I died honorably. I have a great deal to atone for. - Eler Nersal”
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